Arsenal kept their hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League alive with the win.
For the hosts, manager Arsene Wenger is sweating over the fitness of star forward Alexis Sanchez, who came off against The Potters with a thigh problem, having netted 26 goals in all competitions this season. Now you can qualify for the Champions League too.
"I answered for 20 years the question that being in the top four is not a big deal", he said. We can talk and talk. "It took us a while to get into our rhythm". It would be one of our best in the last 10 years. Mid-table most likely, and certainly nowhere near securing a place in next season's Champions League.
It remains to be seen whether Arsenal will make a move for Pickford when the transfer window re-opens this summer, but Wenger was left impressed with the shot-stopper's performance against his side - labelling him as "exceptional".
ARSENAL v LIVERPOOL PLAY-OFF IF. Asked about the number of fans who stayed away from the game, Wenger said: "We have to focus on our job, not looking at how many people are in the stands".
"What is for sure, if we win our game, we can only be far from one point". "I didn't count the number of empty seats". We have created a momentum again.
Arsenal are relying on already-relegated Middlesbrough to upset the odds at Anfield or West Ham to thwart City to have any hopes of overtaking their rivals. "At Man City (1-2 on Dec 18) as well we were really unlucky with some decisions".
But that's the club Arsenal have become under Arsene Wenger in recent seasons, incapable of maintaining consistency and prone to periods of rank mediocrity.
"That's an insult to footballers. If there's anyone we don't want to buy it's another goalkeeper". "I don't think Sunderland did that tonight".